A Happy Fourth of July to You!
God Bless America
I am so grateful to live in such a wonderful, free country!
I hope you’re having a fun and safe Independence Day! Let me know how your day is going in the comments 🙂
Today I have a quick but super helpful blog for you, so read on 👇
Birds swallow rocks.
When I first learned this, it sounded so unpleasant. I felt bad for the little birds I feed in my backyard, having no way to distinguish the seeds from the rocks once they were on the ground. They just sort of have to eat both.
Then my wonderful boyfriend pointed something out to me ~ it helps them digest.
Whaaat? Okay, so I looked it up, and birds swallow sharp pebbles and grit, and they hold all that stuff in the gizzard. In there, the rocks grind against each other, essentially chewing the food for them, because birds don’t chew, they swallow their food whole.
Swallowing all those sharp rocks actually helps them! Eventually, the rocks are ground smooth, the bird doesn’t need them anymore, and they are vomited. The bird then swallows more sharp rocks!
The hard parts of life…
In a way, we are like those birds who cannot filter the rock from the seed. We take life as it comes, and life comes with both wonderful experiences and hard, jagged parts. And like those birds, we don’t want to filter out the hard rocks ~ because they help us.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Let perseverance finish its work
so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4 NIV
Those hard parts of life help us digest this entire thing called life. They allow us to appreciate the good. They help us grow in perseverance, as James stated above. Perseverance is “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition” (Merriam-Webster). It is our continued effort to follow Christ and live a Christ-centered life.
When you go through hard times in life, know that all that struggling is building up your strength. You are growing in faith, perseverance, resilience, and even empathy. Those hard times help you digest the good in life, and truly savor every blessed and joyful moment that the Lord has provided.
It’s good to want happiness and have goals, but when setbacks happen (and they will happen), keep James 1:2-4 in mind, and look at all those little birds who know that some tough rocks can actually help them.
Take care and God bless,
PS: Those rocks are called “gastroliths,” and they are actually quite interesting. Here’s a bit of info if you love learning as much as I do 👇😘